LBN – Special Report – Thursday February 23, 2017

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Iraqi Troops Storm Mosul Airport in Fight Against ISIS:

Iraqi troops—backed by U.S. drones and jets—stormed Mosul’s airport on Thursday, seizing control of the important base in a move to recapture the city from ISIS control. The advance will allow troops to launch operations into a key part of the city’s western suburbs. Several thousand of the Islamic State’s veteran fighters had installed defenses in the area. The runway was secured by noon on Thursday, though militants had laid landmines through much of the abandoned complex. “Our forces started a major operation this morning to storm the Ghazlani airport base and I can confirm that it is only a matter of time before we control the whole area,” said Sabah al-Numan, a spokesman for the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces.

Muslims Raise Over $100K to Help Vandalized Jewish Cemetery:

In a show of support for Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans have raised more than $108,000 to help clean up a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis that was vandalized over the weekend. The attack on the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery – which saw hundreds of gravestones toppled and destroyed – garnered nationwide attention and prompted a visit from Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday. Muslim Americans used online fundraising to show their support for those affected by the vandalism. “Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration,” the fundraisers wrote in their appeal on The goal of the fundraising campaign was not only to raise funds to help repair the gravestones, they said, but also to “send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America.”


Collins: I’m Open To Trump Tax Subpoena:

Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said on Wednesday that she’s open to using a subpoena to investigate the tax returns of President Donald Trump in order to ascertain potential connections to Russia. Collins is on the Senate Intelligence Committee which is looking into Russian interference in the election last year. Collins said on Maine public radio that she would hope for “voluntary cooperation” but would be open to the subpoena if necessary. She also said that she would be calling for former national security adviserMichael Flynn to testify. Trump has refused to disclose his tax returns throughout the election.

LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets, being “obsessed” with the customer, and “always be hustlin’.” The ride-hailing service particularly emphasizes “meritocracy,” the idea that the best and brightest will rise to the top based on their efforts, even if it means stepping on toes to get there. Those values have helped propel Uber to one of Silicon Valley’s biggest success stories. The company is valued at close to $70 billion by private investors and now operates in more than 70 countries. Yet the focus on pushing for the best result has also fueled what current and former Uber employees describe as a Hobbesian environment at the company, in which workers are sometimes pitted against one another and where a blind eye is turned to infractions from top performers.   ***Westwood Village, once the place where big films opened in Los Angeles, is about to be down to just two remaining movie houses. The owner of the Landmark Regent Theatre on Broxton Avenue has filed plans with the city to convert the auditorium space into two restaurants.  The Regent opened in 1966 as a Laemmle theatre, in a 1946 building that originally housed retail stores — including the Oakley Barber Shop, a Westwood Village fixture now located on Gayley Avenue. Laemmle ran it until Mann Theaters took over in the 1970s. Landmark began operating the Regent in 2002.

Social Media Are Driving Americans Insane Reports Media Expert:

 If you pull out your phone to check Twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read e-mails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a “constant checker.” And chances are, it’s hurting your mental health reports media expert and author Michael Levine( According to Levine, the APA released a study finding that Americans were experiencing the first statistically significant stress increase in the survey’s 10-year history. “In January, 57 percent of respondents of all political stripes said the U.S. political climate was a very or somewhat significant source of stress, up from 52 percent who said the same thing in August” said Levine. According to Levine’s report, social media use has skyrocketed from 7 percent of American adults in 2005 to 65 percent in 2015. For those in the 18-29 age range, the increase is larger, from 12 percent to a remarkable 90 percent.

LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Men who exercise strenuously may have a lower libido than those whose workouts are lighter, according to one of the first studies to scientifically delve into the relationship between men’s workouts and their sex lives. For years, scientists and active people have debated whether and how exercise affects sexual desire and human reproduction. But most past studies have centered on women. Typically, this research has found that when some female athletes, such as marathon runners, train intensely for many hours a week, they can develop menstrual dysfunctions. These problems seem caused by hormonal imbalances occurring because of physical stress and frequently affect a woman’s interest in sex and her ability to conceive.

LBN-NOTICED:   ***Priyanka Chopra at Omar’s in NYD having dinner with her “Quantico” castmates Yasmine Al Massri, Josh Hopkins and Graham Rogers.   ***Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union and Chris and Adrienne Boshenjoying a preview of sbe’s soon-to-open restaurant Leynia at Delano in Miami. ***

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LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Alan Colmes, a political commentator for Fox News, died Thursday morning after a “brief illness,” the network announced. He was 66. Colmes was a prominent liberal voice on the network, often appearing on-air. He also hosted a radio show on Fox News Radio. “He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral,” a family statement reads.   ***Ed Garvey, who led the National Football League players’ union to two strikes during a dozen years as its executive director and later became a progressive political activist and office seeker in his native Wisconsin, died on Wednesday in Verona, Wis. He was 76. The union confirmed his death.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Meet the World’s Most Famous Dominatrix – Isabelle Sinclaire on the revealing TV interview show “Without Notes”- Episode # 2 – .

Acclaimed Executive Protection Company, World Protection Group Welcomes Bill Phillips as Security Consultant:

Bill Phillips has joined the World Protection Group, Inc., as a security consultant. WPG is a full service international security firm that specializes in Executive Protection. Their philosophy and techniques are based on the United States Secret Service method of providing proactive and preventative protection. The World Protection Group has worked with some of the most high profile individuals in the world, and in the history of the firm has never experienced an incident that might have caused harm or embarrassment to their client. Their core client base is Political Dignitaries, Corporate CEOs and their staffs, High Net- Worth Individuals and their Families, Entertainment Organizations, Celebrities and Corporate Security. With over 40 years of corporate and consulting experience, Phillips has a unique background and experience providing him with expertise in all aspects of Risk/Threat Management, Continuity of Business/Contingency Planning, Security and Safety Management and Security Convergence. A thought leader and innovator in security and safety, Phillips has made presentations to professional, governmental and industry groups, serves on national standard committees, testified before Congressional committees and government agencies and lectures at universities and colleges.


LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Sinéad O’Connor is sorry for saying Arsenio Hall was a drug pusher for Prince — or at least she’s saying as much to avoid a lawsuit. In May, Hall, 61, sued O’Connor for $5 million over a Facebook post in which she wrote, “Two words for the DEA investigating where Prince got his drugs . . . Arsenio Hall (a.k.a. Prince’s and Eddie Murphy’s bitch). Anyone imagining Prince was not a longtimehard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land. Arsenio I’ve reported you.”   ***Pamela Anderson says she has been inspired by her friendship with Julian Assange to campaign for men who have been falsely accused of rape. In an interview on Russia’s RT network, Anderson said that Sweden — where WikiLeaks founder Assange is accused of sex crimes — “has these very progressive laws against sexual crimes, whatever you want to call it. It’s almost too progressive, it’s almost paralyzing,” she added on the “Going Underground” show. “I’m going to actually start campaigning for men who have been victims of being accused of rape when they haven’t actually done anything.”

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